What Else Is In Scott's Head?

The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Etcetera For Thursday

The Smirking Chimp is running my column today. Even if you've read the column I recommend a visit to Smirky to read the other articles posted there.

What's In Scott's Head is about to celebrate its first anniversary. My experience with blogging has been a positive one, aside from the occasional bits of sewage thrown my way by right-wingers, who take me too seriously.

The fact is, an online persona does not necessarily match a real-world persona. For instance, in real life, I'm not political. I don't attend John Kerry rallies or events sponsored by the DNC. I don't discuss politics with family.

My goal as a writer is to both inform and, yes, entertain. What you read online is a sort of exaggerated version of how I really am. Is that dishonest? No, I don't think so. I think people like Ann Coulter act one way on television and in writing, and another when they're not in the spotlight. Look, my job as a writer is to get people to read what I've written. It doesn't matter if someone hates what I've written. I've done my job if I get someone to read a column and react, positively or negatively. My foes (yes, I have foes) seem to think I'm like this all of the time, which just isn't the case. Meet me in real life and chances are I will not bring up the subject of politics, unless the conversation heads in that direction. I don't listen to Air America and I try to avoid shows like Hannity and Colmes and The O'Reilly Factor. It's easier to deal with to just read the transcripts.

I'll be returning to my standard America-hating, Bush-bashing posts soon.


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